* Light-Painting at Audley - Saturday night, 27th September 2014. September 28 2014
The weather last night was fine, with clear skies. Perfect for Light-Painting. I decided to do some Torch-work (I was taping the footy ..). I'd gone originally to Wattamolla, to find people were having a picnic (at night !), on the waterfall. Rather than trash their night, I took my plan B. Driving back to Audley, I did my 1st session of Light-Painting, at Dance-Hall Flat. This image looks West, up the river - a view I've always loved. It's another big image, in the style I enjoy; an 11 minute Bulb Exposure, at F/8 & ISO 100, with the Ducks & Water-hens hissing & honking all around me (Wow - that was amazing .. !), & the whole thing just wrapping-up in time for me to exit before the gates shut, at 8.30pm. Very satisfying. For those who are interested in some Tuition in this unique aspect of Photography, I'll be basing my `In-the-Field' Tuition at this venue. Just send me an email, from the Contact page on my Web-site.
* Light-Painting Tuition - You Can Do This ...! September 26 2014
If you've been wondering how images like this are created (& yes, they are created; it's not just a matter of taking a shot ..), why not get some Tuition on how to do it. Light-Painting can be done with very basic gear, & exciting results are possible even in the convenience of your own Garden ! Exciting images are all around us, & with the wonderful versatility of current-day DSLR's, you can easily create your own Lounge-room Gallery of Framed originals. For Tuition in how to create quality images like this large-scale Exposure at the beautiful Wattamolla Lagoon, contact me through the Contact page of my Web-site. I'll talk you through some Details, & we're away ! Why not team up with a friend, for a 2-on-1 Photography tuition session that'll leave you excited at the possibilities in store. Go to the Contact screen, & leave a message for me. Let's start creating ..
* What a Difference a Day makes ...or, Super-Moon plus 1 Day. September 17 2014
All enthused after successfully capturing the Super-Moon, I backed up for another shot at it, the next night. Now, the Moon loses an hour a night, & also changes it's point of ascension. I'd found an exciting shooting-position as I'd walked out the previous night. So...
the 1st image was gained from where I've been doing recent work on my next Project ... (soon ..). Beautiful light ...
the Moon rose above the horizon well North of the previous night, & I waited at least 1/4 hr (it took ages ..) to ascend above the Northern headland at Wattamolla. The looming-Moon lightshow was really spectacular...
probably better than the actual moon viewing. Beautiful, though. If you ever shoot the Full Moon, try (very hard) to shoot the 1st night. The colours in the image are way superior. Till next time ..!
* Full (Super) Moon at Wattamolla - 9th September 2014. September 10 2014
I've been chasing the definitive Full Moon images, for ages now. I still haven't got them. but, last night, I came close... Over the period, I've been disappointed with Lens choice, Composition, other people in the images (it's Digital, mate. take it again ..), not to mention the weather. I've put a lot of time in at Wattamolla lately (more about that, soon ...), & I've been rained on & rained out a LOT (who said it never rains in Australia..). Last night was beautiful. Just superb. The way the Light hit the northern headland was breath-taking. The colour the Light took on as the Moon climbed up to the Cloud layer was superb. The clarity of the scene was absolute. In the following images, I've done just enough Light-Painting to bring the fore-ground into the image, & just enough Shadows conversion to give detail to the Headland. I'm still shaking my head at the silhouette of the Headland ...
* A Grey Dawn - Oak Park 14th July 2014. July 14 2014
For a change, this morning dawned Grey & uninviting. Quite a change from recent weeks, where I've had mostly clear Dawns along with the odd semi-Cloudy one. This morning followed on from the Saturday evening, when I came to Oak Park to shoot the Full Moon, & failed due to the sudden Cloud cover. My 1st Exposure here is a 30 sec shot, @ 6.25am. The colour-cast from the Night-lights on the Esplanade lend a deep-golden hue. Torch-work assisted in defining the far rocks as well as the foreground. Looking South, across the Pool to Bundeena at the top of the image.
I shot this morning with the 70-200mm F/2.8 Zoom, & enjoyed the challenge of compacted Compositions with the compression characteristic of Zoom Lenses. Exposure 0.4 sec @ F/3.5 at 6.44am. Low Tide makes the pool wall seem higher than usual.
No stunning pre-Dawn light this morning. Almost enough to give me Monday-itus. The mid-year holidays finish today - back to work, everybody !! HaveaGoodDay.
Clear & Cold once again, with good Colour. This 1st image is a 60 sec exposure @ F/11, taken at 5.56am. Some Torch-work to highlight the Hand-rails & signs. The Lens is the 70-200mm F/2.8 Zoom, which is a nice fit for both these images. It's a Lens I should use more often (I do like my Primes !).
The 2nd image is an Exposure with 5 stop of ND Filters, giving a Shutter speed of 1 sec. I'm hoping to get some classic `Wave-trails" motion images next week. I'd hoped also to get some images of the Full Moon, in this morning's shoot. As that didn't happen, I'll be back down to Oak Park tonight, to chase the Moon some more. (And, I'll be howling if I don't get some useable images ...). I was joined in this morning's shoot by Kevin Weir, Jim Merchant & his partner Cheryl (who's also a most capable Shooter .. !). Jim, Cheryl & I talked over breakfast about the "Improve Your Photography" workshop business Jim's just established on Meetup; the World-wide Internet-based group. I'll be signing on as well (as soon as I finish this Blog !). So, if your'e unhappy with your shooting, contact us on the Meetup "Improve your Photography" web-site. We'll put the enjoyment & exciting results into your Photography - guaranteed !
If I were to pick a theme to describe this morning's pre-Dawn shoot, I would struggle. And, that typifies shooting a Dawn. As the Light changes, the way you shoot changes in tandem. The 1st Exposure was 69 secs at 5.54am (60 mins before Sun-up). Torch-work was necessary to achieve a foreground. The Cape Bailey lighthouse stands guard.
The 2nd Exposure was all about achieving defintion of the Crepuscular rays, as the Sun's rays emerge through the off-shore pollution. I under-exposed to enhance the rays, with a 2-stop Grad Filter. 6.27am, 0.8 sec @ F/8.
3rd Exposure is all about the Sandstone; Texture & Colour. Subtle & beautiful.
4th Exposure @ 6.53am. 0.5 sec @ F/16. I wanted to emphasise the movement of the incoming wave, as well as the detail in the rock-pools at my feet. Love this.
Emphasising movement once more, but it's all about the early rays of the Sun in the droplets of the incoming wave. And tomorrow's Lens ?. 70-200mm F/2.8 Zoom.
Oak Park this morning is dark, but with lots of stars. Not much breeze, so colour should be good. I chose the 85mm Prime Lens for this morning. Now, Oak Park isn't a big area, but 85mm is a Portrait Lens. This'll be interesting (this'll be tough ..!). 1st image is a detail of the rock at the steps into the pool at Oak Park. Torch Painted (I could hardly see the steps at this point).
2nd exposure is the steps closest to the ocean, with Torch Painting. The tide's up, giving the result an ethereal effect.
As the Sun approaches, the colour is magic. No cloud-cover today. Cape Bailey sits at the top of the image. I love how it forms a border to so many of the images you see of Cronulla.
The view from Sandshoes reef to Windy Point is one of my favourites. The light this morning shows this scene at it's best.
Those steps again, with Jibbon Head in the background.
A big weather change from today. Windy & cold weather is forecast. Tomorrow could be anything. Today's Lens choice pressured me to shoot images that are condensed, but gave me the luxury of using Grad Filters to bring in the foreground. Tomorrow's Lens ? The Wedding Photographer's Lens; 24-70mm F/2.8 Zoom. HaveaGoodDay...
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